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Sunday / September 20.
  • Creighton’s McDermott Says No to Ohio State (UPDATED)

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    Creighton coach Greg McDermott informed Ohio State he won’t become their new coach, as ZAGSBLOG reported Thursday.

    McDermott, 52, met Wednesday with Ohio State officials and was offered the job to replace Thad Matta, ESPN reported.

    McDermott later confirmed that he will remain at Creighton.

    “I have been privileged to be the Athletic Director at Creighton University for the past 23 years, and in those years we have had only two men’s basketball coaches,” said Creighton Director of Athletics Bruce Rasmussen.  “Dana Altman and Greg McDermott are outstanding coaches who recruit, retain, develop and graduate young men who also have properly represented the mission of Creighton University.  I am thankful for the time and friendship I have shared with both of them, and look forward to many more years with Coach McDermott at Creighton.”

    McDermott is 445-276 in his career, including stops at Creighton, Iowa State and Northern Iowa. In seven seasons with the Bluejays, he has been to four NCAA Tournaments.

    Sources told ZAGSBLOG that Ohio State never reached out to Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg, who has also been linked to the job.

    “Anytime your name is associated with great job, it’s an honor,” Hoiberg said in a statement to the Chicago Tribune. “But I’m head coach of the Bulls/have no intention of leaving.”

    Several other Big East coaches had been linked to the Ohio State job, including Xavier’s Chris Mack and Butler’s Chris Holtmann.

    Mack Tweeted this week that he just bought a new house in Kentucky, and thus seems unlikely to make the trek to Columbus.

    Ohio State announced Monday that it was parting ways with Matta, 49, who has experienced health problems resulting from multiple back surgeries.

    The new coach will have to turn his attention to recruiting immediately as the live period begins July 12.


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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.